Friday, October 9, 2020

Gingerbread Plushie Hacks - How to Turn Your Mrs. Into a Mr. with the Essentials By Ellen Holiday Release

Hi Friends! I'm looking forward to sharing a few projects with you from the new Essentials by Ellen release, as well as showing a trick to get the most from your supplies. 

You may have come from the blog of Emily Mydlowski, but if not feel free to start at the beginning with the Ellen Hutson Blog.


One of the fun new dies is a Gingerbread Man and Lady! They are sized to fill an A2 card, so you can absolutely make a card with them, but you can also use them to cut felt and make adorable plushies like I've done here.


The dies for the Gingerbread Lady come with all the trimmings for her face, buttons and dress details. You can probably be fancy and stitch these on, but I just used regular glue.


This set also comes with a die that pre-punches the holes for your stitching to make it as easy as can be. I've done a running stitch for this one since it's a gingerbread and the solid white line does a great job of mimicing the outline of frosting you'd see on a decorated gingerbread cookie.


I plan on making a whole set of these for our family and hang them on the tree this year. The button area is where I'll customize the little gingerbread guys ... I've already got little baseball and little football buttons to sew on for my sons!

But, I only have the Gingerbread lady die set. Hmmm ...

I have a proposition for you. I have a feeling that if you're not going to buy both dies, and only have enough money to pick one, most people are going to pick the gingerbread boy. I have to admit, I originally wanted the gingerbread boy but got the girl instead. This turned out to be the best thing possible ... because guess what, YOU CAN JUST CUT THE DRESS OFF!

Now you have a Mrs. AND a Mr., hooray!! 

This isn't as easy when it comes sewing becuase the pre cut holes still follow the lady's shape. But I've made a few men already and it's not so bad to make your own holes. You could even make a little hole template for that inch area where you cut the dress off and mark where your needle should go. So far I've been fine just eyeballing it. 

OK, so let's see what you can make after your little surgery!

Ta-da! Looks just like a regular gingerbread shape! AND, you may notice he's not at all a gingerbread man, hahaha. This little fella has been treated to the Skelly Add-On set! One of the ways you can use this is to make this little skelleton guy who's just adorable.

Again, just a little glue for all the bones and he's completely transformed from Christmas to Halloween!


Not big into Halloween? No problem! With the Bad Day sentiment set, you can make him into a little voodoo doll to help someone thru a rough patch! 


When I posted these on Instagram this week a few people were asking about the pin I used for the tag. It's the easiest thing ever ... just get a couple sequins and seed beads and randomly add them to your pin. Then add a little bit of hot glue to the pin shaft and quickly slide another seed bead on top of the glue. Done!

When we were all sharing sneaks on IG this week I saw Julie's voodoo doll, and immediately ran back into my craft room ...

This guy is definitely not as cute a ginger lady or skelly, but that is afterall the point ... he's a true voodoo doll! This is where you can totally let your imagination run wild and add whatever details you'd like.


Although the Skelly Add-on die set comes with a button, cross, and stitches die, you can absolutely just sew them yourself. Find a fun button for the eye (maybe it's a extra button from someone's clothing), and then just start stitching the rest of the details. The beauty of this is that it's supposed to be wonky and handmade, so you don't want your stitching to be perfect.

I've got the same tag here as the Skelly guy, only in black with the white embossing. And did you notice I added a few strands of hair?!

I was going to make all the hairs really short, about an inch or two, but I wasn't sure so I made them really long thinking I'd just cut them to size. But I ended up loving how wild and crazy it looks, so I just left it long, hahaha!

What a fun way this would be to lighten someone's mood! How could you not smile?! Love how versatile this die is. We've gone from Christmas to Halloween to Voodoo!
I do have some cards to share if you don't mind sticking with me!

There's a new Bear Ware 5 set in this release as well, also for Christmas and Halloween. I've stuck with Halloween for this release and first would like to present to you the mad scientist bear.

He's juggling all the different ingredients for his latest formula he's been working on in the lab.

And we see the formula is actually one for the perfect halloween!! Who knew?! His goggles crack me up. The background is some scientific ink smooshing with gold spatters, and then the card base has "Hocus Pocus" stamped multiple times from an older set, The Last Bite.

If mad scientists aren't your thing, than how about Frankenstein?!

If you want to have a laugh while you're crafting, this is the way to do it! I was giggling the whole time I was figuring out where the neck bolts should be on Mr. Bear : )

He even has his arns outstretched (a little), hahaha! I've got him stationed in the pumpkin patch just outside the big city, lurking around.

Lots of older products here to make the scene ... the clouds die, constellation background, big city die, and landscaping dies. All are linked at the end of this post.

Lots of possibilities with this set, and we didn't even get to Christmas yet!

You made it! Thanks for sticking with me, as I had a lot I wanted to share with you. Hope you found some must-have goodies! 

Prize Info ...
Prizes, prizes, we've got the prizes! One lucky commenter will win the whole Essentials by Ellen holiday release! And another will receive $25 to spend at! For a chance to win, all ya' gotta' do is hop along, enjoy the fabulous eye candy, and leave a little love for your fellow crafters: increase your chances by commenting on each stop on the hop! Comments left before 11:59 PDT on October 14 will be entered to win. (Winners are selected randomly.)

Your next stop on this hop is Jen Wong.  

Here's the full list of stops on this hop if you need it:

  1. Ellen Hutson Blog
  2. Julie
  3. Adelina
  4. Laurel
  5. Jessica
  6. Carly
  7. Carolyn
  8. Sarah Zayas  
  9. Carissa
  10. Emily Mydlowski
  11. Kelly
  12. Jen Wong  
  13. Therese
  14. Emily Midgett
  15. France Wisniewski 
  16. Lisa
  17. Michele
  18. Ardyth
  19. Sandy

Thanks so much!
- Kelly


Supplies Used (affiliate links used, thanks so much for your support!)

The entire new release is found here in the Ellen Hutson shop

Items used from prior releases can be found here:

Shipping Tags by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

The Last Bite by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Clear Stamps

All Inside by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

All Inside by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Designer Dies

Bear Ware 2 by Julie Ebersole, Essentials by Ellen Clear Stamps

Clouds, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Constellation Background, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Big City by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Landscapes by Julie Ebersole, Essentials By Ellen Designer Dies

Gold, Lawn Fawn Embossing Powder

VersaMark Ink Pad

Black Jack, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Sangria, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Skylight, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

Queen For A Day, Catherine Pooler Ink Pad

36 Pan Set, Altenew Watercolor Paint

Stamp Shammy, Lawn Fawn


  1. So loving the voodoo dolls! They are so adorable!

  2. Cute, cute ideas! Love both the Bear cards and the felt characters. Thanks for showing how the girl gingerbread die can be altered.

  3. Love those voodoo plushies and that sentiment is priceless!

  4. You are a genius on turning Mrs. into Mr.! It's always such a JOY to see how you use awesome products like these! Way to rock the hop, Kelly!

  5. Oh my goodness, you have outdone yourself with these amazing creations.

  6. What adorable, creative, fun felt skelly creatures.

  7. The plushies are so sweet, and so clever of you to recognize how to adjust the gingergirl! Love the bear as a mad scientist, thanks for sharing your creativity.

  8. Your plushies are adorable and I love the bear cards!

  9. I love your plushies and DARLING Halloween cards!

  10. I'm in love with those plushies. Your Halloween cards are too cute.

  11. That Frankenbear is too funny. I think the bots are perfectly placed. Thanks for the voodoo doll tips!

  12. The voodoo felt plushie is too cute! Your cards are great as well.

  13. ou've inspired me to dig out my floss and think about stitching again.......never thought it would happen -ha. These are so fun. And you turned my dear bear into a real haunt!!! Love it all.

  14. My favorite is the gingerbread man! Too cute!

  15. Those bears are just so adorable. I love how all the different designers show how to utilize the bear in easy ways. And then the felt creations are awesome too love the hand embroidery on them.

  16. You are brilliant! The gingerbread people are a little more than most dies so buying both is cost prohibitive to many of us on a budget. Your cards are adorable! I really glad I watched your video

  17. Love your fun creations with the cute gingerbread plushies! So much fun! And clever bear cards too!

  18. You are so creative, Kelly ... what fantastic projects! Great hints and tips ... and such fun results ... inspiration galore! Hugs, Anita :)

  19. Kelly - great job on showcasing your cards. Loving the Einstein and green bear in the pumpkin patch. Thank you for sharing!

  20. Oh my...the green bear. So cute. Thanks for sharing your inspiration.

  21. Wonderful how you altered the die!

  22. Adorable!
    I love the Gingerbread lady.
    Thanks for sharing.

  23. I like your voodoo doll (especially the hair!) and the bear cards. Love your sense of humor and imagination!

  24. Love the mad scientist and the little felt dolls.

  25. Love all your projects--but the voodoo dolls-so fun!

  26. love your bear ware cards they are so cute. Wish I would of seen your tips on the gingerbread people. Oh well lol

  27. Voodoo you like? I like hocus pocus! That hair just cracks me up. Super cute ideas.

  28. Halloween cards at their best! And the felt creatures and gingerbread are fantastic.

  29. Your Frank'n'bear is soooooooo cute. I love the shade of green. I also love how you converted the Mrs into a Mr for thr gingerbread person. And that new Skelly add on!!!! **LOVE** This is such an awesome release

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  31. Oh what cute plushies! Awesome release! ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Oh kelly! You never disappoint! These are all amazing.

  33. love the Bill Nye Bear ... they are all fantastic

  34. Omg. A Frankenstein and an Einstein. Be still my heart.

  35. I love what you did with the gingerbread dies. The detail on the pin is fantastic. Oddly enough, out also kind of reminds me of Marie-Antoine Carรชme and the first "garnish". That made me smile extra wide. ๐Ÿคฉ๐Ÿ˜

  36. Love those felt projects.
    I have to make some of those
    for my friends. thanks for
    sharing. txmlhl(at)yahoo(dot)com

  37. Love these fun projects, especially the voodoo dolls. Think we all could use one of those from time to time.

  38. Well those are absolutely adorable, even the little voodoo doll. Thanks for sharing!

  39. love all of these!
    Great tip on the gingerbread girl!

  40. Cute cards and fun plushies. Love the cute gingerbread girl.

  41. Omg! These are the cutest!! Love it all!!!

  42. I like the alteration for the skirt portion cut.

  43. I absolutely love your voodoo gingerbread boy, so fantastic! And that pin was awesome inspiration as well. And of course I can not forget to mention the bear cards, he is my all time favorite series of stamp sets.

  44. Wow! You've spoilt us for ideas.
    What a wonderfully fun release. Love the light, artsy, fun images.
    Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

  45. What a great release! Such fun projects and inspiration! Thank you!

  46. Your "mad scientist" bear is the best thing I have seen all day! SO creative and clever and fun!

  47. Such a cute gingerbread cut out and thanks for the tip about being able to create the boy with a few snips of the scissors! Your halloween cards are so fun! Thanks for sharing!

  48. Simply gorgeous! thank you for the inspiration!

  49. LOVE your Bear Ware cards! He (and his collection) has been on my wishlist for a while now!


I absolutely love reading comments. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave one! - Kelly